Gathered from the far reaches of our minds and experience, 100 quotes about wisdom may serve as a reminder about the importance of knowledge in our lives. Achieving true wisdom is no easy task, as it calls for us to strive for understanding each day.

To gain insight from these wise words may be to shift some perspective and arrive at a more profound level of understanding that cannot be reached without respect for life-long learning.

This collection of pearls of wisdom known through the ages can encourage us to seek out greater understanding in order to enrich our lives.

  1. To make difficult decisions wisely, it helps to have a systematic process for assessing each choice and its consequences – the potential impact on each aspect of your life. -Stedman Graham
  2. Don’t live the same day over and over again and call that a life. Life is about evolving mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. -Germany Kent
  3. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. -Leo Buscaglia
  4. The tests we face in life’s journey are not to reveal our weaknesses but to help us discover our inner strengths. We can only know how strong we are when we strive and thrive beyond the challenges we face. -Kemi Sogunle
  5. Change your thoughts and you change your world. –Norman Vincent
  6. The most painful moments and memories eventually lead to the greatest strengths and growth in life. -Kemi Sogunle
  7. There is more to life than increasing its speed. -Mahatma Gandhi
  8. You cannot marry your past without divorcing your future. -Matshona Dhliwayo
  9. The truest wisdom is a resolute determination. -Napoleon Bonaparte
  10. You are never too old to start over. Every day is a chance to make changes to create the life we want. -Karon Waddell
  11. There are three constants in life…change, choice, and principles. -Stephen Covey
  12. Because the best gift in life is just having someone to drink hot chocolate with. -Tessa Shaffer
  13. To be wise, we must seek Jesus, for we will not find wisdom apart from him. -Kim Brenneman
  14. Life fits the shoe you walk in. -Fakeer Ishavardas
  15. God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. -Voltaire
  16. Life can be simple and beautiful. Focus on the good things. –Maxime Lagacé
  17. Life is a rehearsal. Get dressed and be ready to face it daily. -Kemi Sogunle
  18. Once you say you’re going to settle for a second, that’s what happens to you in life. -John F. Kennedy
  19. It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool than to talk and remove all doubt of it. -Maurice Switzer 
  20. Foolishness is a twin sister of wisdom. -Witold Gombrowicz
  21. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. -Michael Jordan
  22. Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. -Aristotle
  23. If we manage ego wisely, we get the upside it delivers followed by strong returns. -Dave Marcum
  24. Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. -Henry Ford
  25. I’m always doing things I can’t do. That’s how I get to do them. –Pablo Picasso
  26. Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. -Rumi 
  27. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward. -Amelia Earhart
  28. The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. -Socrates
  29. Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. -Albert Einstein
  30. Turn your wounds into wisdom. -Oprah Winfrey 
  31. Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life. -Brian Tracy
  32. Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. -Jimi Hendrix 
  33. Attitude, to me, is more important than money. It is more important than the future, the past, education, circumstances, failure, and success, it is even more important than what other people think or say. -Brad Hanson
  34. The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you. -Tony Robbins
  35. We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom. -Leo Tolstoy
  36. She knew the power of her mind and so programmed it for success. –Carrie Green
  37. Transformation is a process, and as life happens there are tons of ups and downs. It’s a journey of discovery – there are moments on mountaintops and moments in deep valleys of despair. -Rick Warren
  38. Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use. -Thomas J. Watson
  39. Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. -Aristotle
  40. Be wiser than other people, if you can; but do not tell them so. -Lord Chesterfield
  41. Lessons in life will be repeated until they are learned. -Frank Sonnenberg
  42. Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.
  43. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. -Lao Tzu
  44. It always seems impossible until it’s done. –Nelson Mandela
  45. Wise men talk because they have something to say; Fools, because they have to say something. -Plato
  46. It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. -Seneca
  47. Learn how to take criticism seriously but not personally. -Hillary Clinton
  48. The trouble is you think you have time. -Buddha
  49. Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. -Francis Bacon
  50. Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got. -Robert Brault
  51. Stress, anxiety, and depression are caused when we are living to please others. -Paulo Coelho
  52. Knowledge is the crown of the wise, folly is an inheritance of a fool. -Vusi Mxolisi Zitha
  53. What you think you become. What you feel you attract. What you imagine, you create. -Buddha
  54. Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is. -German Proverb
  55. It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to, has power over you, if you allow it. –Leon Brown
  56. When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen you may learn something new. -Dalai Lama
  57. Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not able to tell the difference. -Mark Twain
  58. Discipline is wisdom and vice versa. -M. Scott Peck
  59. The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. – Kahlil Gibran
  60. The nature of life is such that the fool does not always fail, nor is the wise man always successful. -Janice Manning
  61. Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. – John Lennon
  62. I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. – Abraham Lincoln
  63. Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. -Zhuangzi
  64. A very wise woman, Eleanor Roosevelt, famously once said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Truly dwell on the wisdom of that philosophical statement for a moment. -Ian Tuhovsky
  65. Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know. – William Saroyan
  66. Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. –Elbert Hubbard
  67. Wisdom sails with wind and time. -John Florio
  68. It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. -Mahatma Gandhi
  69. Do not be wise in words be wise in deeds. -Jewish Proverb
  70. Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things. –Kenneth Branagh
  71. A loving heart is the truest wisdom. -Charles Dickens
  72. Maturity is when you stop being surprised by anything. Wisdom is when you start again. -Maxime Lagacé
  73. It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. –Aristotle
  74. It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things. -Henry David Thoreau
  75. It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not. –Andre Gide
  76. Wisdom is keeping a sense of fallibility in all our views and opinions. -Gerald Brenan
  77. The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life. –Confucius
  78. Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. -Denis Waitley
  79. Your mind is precious. It has the power to unlock infinite possibilities. –Joel Annesley
  80. One part of wisdom is knowing what you don’t need anymore and letting it go. -Jane Fonda
  81. Everything is a gift of the universe – even joy, anger, jealousy, frustration, or separateness. Everything is perfect either for our growth or our enjoyment. -Ken Keyes Jr.
  82. Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. –Lao Tzu
  83. Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality. –Earl Nightingale
  84. Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. -Archimedes
  85. Silence at the proper season is wisdom and better than any speech. -Plutarch
  86. The greatest wealth is to live content with little. –Plato
  87. Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. -Albert Einstein
  88. Your mind is your greatest power. Use it well. –Aneta Cruz
  89. If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise. -William Blake
  90. In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks. -John Muir
  91. Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one. –Marcus Aurelius
  92. It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. –Walt Disney
  93. We tend to think of great thinkers and innovators as soloists, but the truth is that the greatest innovative thinking doesn’t occur in a vacuum. Innovation results from collaboration. -John C. Maxwell
  94. I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done. -Lucille Ball
  95. Know how to listen and you will profit even from those who talk badly. –Plutarch
  96. Virtually nothing is impossible in this world if you just put your mind to it and maintain a positive attitude. –Lou Holtz
  97. Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go. -Hermann Hesse
  98. Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few. –Pythagoras
  99. Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind and has given up worrying once and for all. –Ovid
  100. Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day. –Zen Proverb
  101. So in everything, do to others as you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. –Jesus Christ
  102. A fear-oriented man is always calculating, planning, arranging, and safeguarding. His whole life is lost in this way. -Osho
  103. Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage. -Lao Tzu

When all is said and done, wisdom is something to be treasured and sought after. It can take many forms, from the traditional knowledge of elders to the creativity and insight of young minds.

As every one of the hundred quotes highlighted, wisdom requires both understanding and insight. It encourages us to learn from our surroundings and cherish those who provide a valuable perspective on how we should conduct ourselves in life.

Ultimately, wisdom helps our lives become more meaningful; it gives us the courage to strive for greater heights and aids us in managing all that life throws at us. If ever we find ourselves wavering, then there’s nothing like reflecting back on these wise words to wisely guide us through.

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